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Re: Collection Development? #SeedQuality #GettingSeeds #IncreasingReturns

Justine
 

Hi Mike!

Thanks so much for the fabulous idea! All of these ideas, really. They give us lots to think about.

Cheers, 

Justine

Re: Collection Development? #SeedQuality #GettingSeeds #IncreasingReturns

 

Hey Justine,
                      What about a ‘true-to-type only grow-out’ contest. The focus being on recorded data of the grow along with seed counts (by weight to simplify matters) being donated? The prize offering could be  a pre-determined seed cache to the participants. Those winners could be asked to distribute some of those to to their local residents/growers under the same pretenses. I think it could increase your chances of getting more quality seed and receive better seed counts returned to your organization. Just a thought... Positive Vibrations...Mike (gratefulseedsaver)

P.S. Hi BETSY!!! Congrats to you and Ben getting married and your gig with Rocky Mountain Seed Alliance! If you need any ‘grow-out’ or seed help don’t hesitate to contact me. WE MISS YOU!!!
              

Re: #GettingSeeds #NewSeedLibrary #FoodAccess #NativeSeeds #FoodAccess #NativeSeeds #GettingSeeds #NewSeedLibrary

soleri@...
 

Hi Hannah,
I saw a similar range of goals among seed libraries (SL) in California when I did a survey in 2016. Different SLs focus on different functions in the seed system, as you pointed out, some for example are mainly focused on seed distribution, others on local adaptation. I think your observation is an important one, and one that helps us think about SLs and how to more effectively reach our goals. Feel free to contact me directly if you want a copy of the publication about that survey.

Best,
Daniela

Looking for New York Seed Libraries #NativeSeeds #Other

bsflower13@...
 

Hi looking for other people in my state that started a seed library. I'm in Upstate NY Near Buffalo
https://www.facebook.com/wnyseedlibrary/

Re: #GettingSeeds #NewSeedLibrary #FoodAccess #NativeSeeds #FoodAccess #NativeSeeds #GettingSeeds #NewSeedLibrary

bsflower13@...
 

Hi,

We just completed our first year of our seed library. Our primary focus has been on providing seeds to grow food. We have taken in both kinds of seeds but before we put them out to be taken we germination test them and only let seeds with 80% or higher go into the library. We have never purchased seeds for our library but have had people donate packets as well as saved seeds. We are expanding this year to grains and native plants. We started with veggies, herbs, beans, flowers and we got our first report that we gave away over 1k seed packets. So exciting to see an idea come to fruition. https://www.facebook.com/wnyseedlibrary/
My advice to you would be start with including any seed except (no-gmo or hybrid) to get it going and to get volunteers excited to help and then lean your focus on micro-climate specific once you are up and running.

HELLO FROM NEBRASKA, GROUP!!! #GettingSeeds

 
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Hello Everyone!  
                            I’m new to this group and wanted to ‘hello’ to the group. My name is Mike Curtice. I own/operate Grateful Gardens, a sustainably ran vegan/organic urban micro farm in Omaha, Nebraska that focuses on producing Heirloom/O-P/Native ‘true to type’ and ‘landrace’ seed for small crop systems farming and home/hobby gardeners. I’m a pro-active land/seed steward, also. I have done/do seed work for various seed organizations and seed libraries/banks both national and international. If my services can be utilized by the group or a seed organization  please feel free to contact me at gratefulseedsaver@.... SEEDS ARE FOR SURVIVAL, NOT PATENTS/PROFITS!!!

#GettingSeeds #NewSeedLibrary #FoodAccess #NativeSeeds #FoodAccess #NativeSeeds #GettingSeeds #NewSeedLibrary

Hannah Van Eendenburg
 
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2 Different Seed Library Models?
Hello! My name is Hannah, and I am working with the community of Salida, CO for our new seed library, the S.A.V.E. (Seeds Adapted to Variable Ecosystems) Seed Library. I am curious about the difference between two different models of a seed library...

1. The first model I see is a seed library that takes in seed from seed companies; whether donated from community members or brought in through requests. The library stays packed full of seed for people to take and grow for food, with the potential to provide back. (Maybe more of a focus of #foodaccess)
2. The second model I see is a seed library that only obtains 'first generation seeds'; that is, what I describe as seed that has been saved in the area for at least one growing cycle. Thus, the seed library contains truly adapted seed, something that is especially necessary in the harsh microclimates in Colorado! With this model, giving out the free seed from regional seed companies is necessary to provide the material to save that first seed. (maybe more of a focus on #seedsaving #regionallyadapted and #nativeseeds)

Any thoughts on this? I am interested in providing free seed to the community, but also having a seed library that provides only truly adapted seed to the area....

Cheers!
Hannah 
h.vaneendenburg [at] gmail.com

Re: Examples and Pictures of Mobile Seed Library Designs #NewSeedLibrary #Stories

Hannah Van Eendenburg
 

Hello! So glad you have posted about this-a mobile seed library is something I am interested in getting going in Boulder, CO. Here is a FB group for one in CO: https://www.facebook.com/csseedlibrary/
I sometimes imagine one being like the mobile concession stands at football games, so you can walk around craft, art, markets, and spread the word!
I love everyone's images.

10th Organic Seed Growers Conference #Calendar

Kay Everts
 

#Calendar
Registration closes February 5th for this bi-annual Organic Seed Growers Conference in Corvallis, Oregon.  

I went two years ago and have been looking forward to this one ever since.  

The conference is the largest event focused solely on organic seed in North America, bringing together hundreds of farmers, plant breeders, researchers, certifiers, food companies, seed companies, and others from across the U.S. and around the world. The biennial conference has been convening the organic seed community for nearly two decades and includes a packed agenda of presentations, panel discussions, networking events, and celebration. Farm tours and short courses are held prior to the full two-day conference.

For more information, go to https://seedalliance.org/conference

Re: Examples and Pictures of Mobile Seed Library Designs #NewSeedLibrary #Stories

Sandjar
 

Thank you Hillie

Re: Examples and Pictures of Mobile Seed Library Designs #NewSeedLibrary #Stories

Sandjar
 

This is amazing. Thank you.

Re: Examples and Pictures of Mobile Seed Library Designs #NewSeedLibrary #Stories

Hillie Salo
 

Re: Examples and Pictures of Mobile Seed Library Designs #NewSeedLibrary #Stories

SeedLibraries.net
 

Gary Paul Nabhan, agricultural ecologist, ethnobotanist, and author, came up with this sweet idea of a mailbox "seed ark" and he worked with a local artist in Arizona. I was hoping he would post it himself, but I did at least find a picture of it to share. 



Peas,

Rebecca

Re: Examples and Pictures of Mobile Seed Library Designs #NewSeedLibrary #Stories

Penne Wilson
 

Ah, yes. That's actually a three-dimensional replica of a card catalog that our amazing artist made and attached to a tri-fold poster board. And it collapses flat when we fold up the board! I've attached some more pictures so you can see how it works (sorry the pictures aren't the best quality).

Penne

Re: #NativeSeeds #NativeSeeds

tara rodriguez besosa
 

Our seed library in Puerto Rico focuses mostly
on natives. We have any commercial/imported seeds kept separate from our main focus/collection of local Puerto Rican seeds. When we do our exchanges we also keep seeds organized between native and non-native. We focus on story collection and propagation of the seeds our islands have a cultural relationship with, sometimes that includes non-natives from centuries ago that are part of our food identity... hope that helps.

Re: #OneSeedOneCommunity OSOC Logistics - How to #OneSeedOneCommunity

Rebecca Newburn
 

Thanks for sharing your resources , Justine. 

I think as communities develop resources and structures around the One Seed, One Community they can also do Grow a Row for Diversity (or Save a Seed). This is where you have things in your collection that you need more of. You ask people to grow a row and save all of it. This can help with the returns and also make sure you have more diversity in your library. Folks you can reach out to:
- folks who have participated in the One Seed, One Community - maybe they continue to grow out something from a previous year or something else you need
- local schools K - college
- garden club members
- permaculture guild members

I haven't been great in getting this organized, but everytime I do we have at least a dozen people step up - many of whom are new to seed saving. We provide the seeds, return envelope with labels, and a basic seed saving brochure. We have pretty much stayed with lettuce, peas, and beans for this project - the "super easy" to save reliably species. 

Peas,
Rebecca

On Sat, Jan 25, 2020 at 10:57 AM Justine <Justine.Hernandez@...> wrote:
Hi Hille, 

Here's a program outline we created for our One Seed here in Pima County--though to be honest, because of staffing difficulties and transitions, we did not follow our outline as diligently as we would have hoped. When we had out first One Seed in 2016 we had not fleshed things out quite so clearly, so this more recent program outline has been informed by our past experiences coordinating a One Seed in our community. We've learned a lot, but as always, there's still room to grow. Our returns have not been as successful as we'd hoped. More than anything, One Seed has been a really successful promotion of the Seed Library both internally among library staff (we're a large library system of 26 branches) and in the community. This past year we promoted the planting of sunflowers (in retrospect, a challenging one given that they are self-incompatible and an outcrosser--yikes) and checked out thousands of packets of seeds. People love sunflowers and got to experience the joys of growing them. But our returns did not come anywhere near the number of packets shared among gardeners. 

I do agree that One Seed efforts are worthwhile, however and am interested in hearing more about other efforts among seed folks!

Thanks,

Justine



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Re: Examples and Pictures of Mobile Seed Library Designs #NewSeedLibrary #Stories

Justine
 

Rosann, how cool! Yes, maybe not so effective in terms of dissemination, but boy what a great attention grabber!

Thanks for sharing :)

~Justine

Re: #OneSeedOneCommunity OSOC Logistics - How to #OneSeedOneCommunity

Justine
 

Hi Hille, 

Here's a program outline we created for our One Seed here in Pima County--though to be honest, because of staffing difficulties and transitions, we did not follow our outline as diligently as we would have hoped. When we had out first One Seed in 2016 we had not fleshed things out quite so clearly, so this more recent program outline has been informed by our past experiences coordinating a One Seed in our community. We've learned a lot, but as always, there's still room to grow. Our returns have not been as successful as we'd hoped. More than anything, One Seed has been a really successful promotion of the Seed Library both internally among library staff (we're a large library system of 26 branches) and in the community. This past year we promoted the planting of sunflowers (in retrospect, a challenging one given that they are self-incompatible and an outcrosser--yikes) and checked out thousands of packets of seeds. People love sunflowers and got to experience the joys of growing them. But our returns did not come anywhere near the number of packets shared among gardeners. 

I do agree that One Seed efforts are worthwhile, however and am interested in hearing more about other efforts among seed folks!

Thanks,

Justine

Re: #NativeSeeds #NativeSeeds

 

Such a great idea, Danielle!

I’d love to get something similar started here in Northeastern BC, Canada, and we’re actually fortunate enough to have a local First Nation’s business who sells native plants starts as part of reclamation work due to industry. I’m hoping to work with them in the future to share native plant seeds and share education as well. I think if you do offer these important seeds, perhaps some info on their potential special storage and care, as well as perhaps highlighting which are beneficial vs which could be considered invasive? Ex. Some species here require cold stratification periods before germinating, etc. 

What a fun project, would love to hear how it turns out!

Re: Examples and Pictures of Mobile Seed Library Designs #NewSeedLibrary #Stories

Sandjar
 

In the last picture on the right, it looks like you have a little box with drawers (like a card catalogue). Is that just for display or are there seeds there?